New research findings on mental health assessment
A study from Ohio State University shows why assessments and questions should be personalized.
CLEVELAND — Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death nationwide. But from age 10 he is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 14, and from age 15 he is the third leading cause of death among young people aged 24, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
A study by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and School of Medicine found that mental health assessment questions may not identify people who may be at risk, especially in relation to gun owners. A study published in the journal JAMA network openfound that gun owners who had recently attempted suicide were less likely than non-gun owners to report experiencing suicidal ideation, even though firearms are the most common method of suicide. I got
The researchers concluded that gun owners and non-gun owners think about suicide differently. This may explain why the standard questions to identify those at risk of suicide are often inadequate.
“Not everyone experiences suicidal ideation in the same way,” explained clinical psychologist Craig Bryan, director of the Division of Recovery and Resilience at the Ohio Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Incomplete.
“Simply changing the way the question is asked, adding another perspective or angle to the question about suicidal thoughts, may help identify those in a vulnerable state.”
Bryan, author of the book Rethinking Suicide: Why Prevention Fails, and How We Can Do Better, suggests that this includes having people think about suicide by asking them if they have ever considered ways to commit suicide. It states that it includes not only asking if there is, but also fixing the rating. , which gun owner likely has the answer. A combination of simple barriers to access can save lives, he adds.
Donna and Jeff Heck of Lexington, Richland County began supporting Brian’s research after the suicide of their daughter, Dani, in 2019. At the time, Dani was planning a new business to help people suffering from mental illness and suicidal thoughts. Now, her parents are making her dream come true through her 33 Forever Inc., a non-profit organization founded in Dani’s honor.
Jeff Heck said, “Unfortunately, she had some dark moments that she couldn’t get over, and that’s why we lost her.” It’s about understanding that you can see tomorrow.You have to get through that moment.If you can get through that moment, you can be here tomorrow.Have a good life and you’ll get through You can.”
People at risk of suicide can get help 24/7 by calling (800) 273-TALK, texting 741741, or calling the National Mental Health Helpline at 988. increase.